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* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: The executives, producers and story editors at NBC all thought a show about lifeguards was a dumb idea with a limited premise. NBC cancelled the show after its first season but the David Hasslehoff and the show's creators were able to continue Baywatch through syndication and with a budget that came from excessive ProductPlacement, all at the cost of proper scripts and not being able to do retakes. Although Baywatch would go on to become one of the most successful shows in the world, NBC can't exactly be called wrong for their lack of faith in the show since [[BestKnownForTheFanservice its success clearly didn't come from good stories or interesting characters.]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmauMVxHSds That theme song]](the piano solo is pretty awesome).
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH3zhMDw_nI and the one on the spin-off]].
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbS_hYXmbeM "Current of Love"?]]
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Without a doubt, the thing Baywatch is most-remembered for is slow-motion shots of attractive lifeguards (both male and female) running across the beach on their way to rescue a civilian in need.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Newmie, for some, given that there was an official Newmie fanclub back in the day, and even moreso now thanks to ''Creator/AllisonPregler'' and her Baywatching series.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Why else do you think the series got a complete DVD release (and "Baywatch Nights" too) in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} and not the U.S.?
** It was also extremely popular in the UnitedKingdom as well. [[NetworkToTheRescue In fact, when NBC canceled the program due to low ratings, London Weekend Television stepped in to help save it.]] At that time, the show had aided Creator/{{ITV}} (London Weekend had [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the weekend ITV franchise in London and most of the Home Counties]]) to regain the ratings war from Creator/TheBBC in its time slot.
* HarsherInHindsight: "The Life You Save" features the Baywatch team facing a 25% budget cut, which would of course mean some of the lifeguards would be reduced to working part-time hours. This was in 1994. Watching the episode again today, in the midst of one of the worst financial crises ever, it's eerie how it's even MORE relevant.
* HeReallyCanAct: David Hasslehoff actually gives a pretty powerful performance in the two-part episode "Shattered," but was unfortunately let down by the ludicrous script and the obscene ProductPlacement.
* HilariousInHindsight: "A Little Help" has CJ training for a dancing competition, which doesn't end too well for her. (See WardrobeMalfunction on the main page.) 17 years later, Pamela Anderson competed in the Fall 2012 season of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''...and was the first one eliminated.
* HypeBacklash: While the show was wildly popular across the globe during the '90s, it recently made the #21 spot in TV Guide's Top 50 Worst TV Shows of All Time.
* ItsNotSupposedToWinOscars: Pamela Anderson famously stated (paraphrasing) that the show wasn't high art, and wasn't trying to be, so you should just enjoy it for what it is.
--> '''Pamela''': Everyone loved Baywatch. [[SelfDeprecation If the sound was off.]]
* JustHereForGodzilla: Plots? Who cares about the plots or subplots? Just show us the slow-motion shots of the lifeguards running with their boards. And the pecs and bouncing jugs.
* MemeticMutation: Oh, those red lifeguard swimsuits and trunks. And that orange thing they always carry.
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Its sexuality actually looks rather quaint and conservative these days.
* SpiritualSuccessor: USA Network's "Pacific Blue". Except the show starred beach cops instead of lifeguards.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: When Garner rides his horse in "Sky Rider", the music that accompanies it is suspiciously similar to "William Tell Overture".
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Joey from "Silent Night, Baywatch Night". Doesn't help that Joey is a gender neutral name.
* WhatAnIdiot: How Mitch didn't catch onto Gwen and Mattie being the same person (until it was too late) in "Mirror, Mirror" is beyond belief.
* WheelchairWoobie: Jason in "Shattered".
* YouLookFamiliar:
** Richard Jaeckel played Mitch's old mentor who dies in the PilotMovie; and starting in the 2nd season, Lieutenant (later Captain) Ben Edwards.
** Nancy Valen had a small part in the PilotMovie, many years before getting cast as Captain Samantha Thomas in the 7th season.
** Jeff Altman first appears as Fred Rachins, a guy who wants to be a lifeguard, in "The Drowning Pool", then as a man on his honeymoon in "Lifeguards Can't Jump", but later appears as a completely different character, a Hollywood movie producer, in "Rescue Bay". He later appears in "Scorcher", playing secret service agent Dudley Dawson, and AGAIN in three 1998 episodes, playing medical supply salesman Ed Symes. Sure are a lot of guys running around L.A. that look exactly like the same man, aren't there?
** Similarly, Jennifer Campbell first appeared as a biker named Jessie Majors in "Point Doom", before later being the third actress to portray Neely.
** And Kelly Packard played two different girls on two separate two-parters (in 1991 and 1995) before landing the role of April in 1997.
** Alexandra Paul returned in "Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding", but not as Stephanie (for obvious reasons).
** John O'Hurley played Fred Adler the dockmaster in "Masquerade", and later played Bill Cooper in "Red Wind". He also appeared as a villain in the ''Baywatch Nights'' episode "Bad Blades".
** Heather Campbell, who played Neely for one episode, later appeared in ''Baywatch Nights'' as a phone sex operator.
** Carmen Electra played a character named Candy in an episode of ''Baywatch Nights'' before playing Lani in ''Baywatch'' proper.
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